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Family time – Plymouth Michigan Photographer

Today, I was reminded of how soul quenching it can be to hang out with your family.  How for a kids small and big alike, getting together with your aunts, cousins, uncles and grandparents can make all the difference.  Today, as my mom was giving me all the details about her recent Argentina trip and how fun it was to spend the holidays with everyone.  It made me remember what the holidays were like for me as a kid with that big, fun wild family and it made me think of this family I took photographs of over the holidays. They hired me as a gift for grandma, to take PHOTOGRAPHS of their family since everyone was in town and together.

 

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Family Photography session taken by photographer Genevieve DeVries from Plymouth, MI who serves the Metro Detroit area.

Look how sweet they all are! They were so fun to be around, so much so that my face actually hurt from smiling when I left.  You could actually feel the warmth and comfort of their family.

It all starts with these 3 guys.  Coming from a mom of boys I now have a totally different appreciation for brothers and these guys just got you right where brothers should.  They’re fun, full of laughs and trouble.

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These Guys… I can’t even!!

 

I can imaging that as grandparents, these 2 sit down with all their grandchildren and feel a tremendous sense of pride & love.  Looking at them I thought… you did it, you created a tight knight, loving family full of all the things that make hard work, hard lessons and relentless love all worth while.

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Family Photography session taken by award winning Genevieve DeVries from Plymouth, MI who serves the Metro Detroit area.

 

As my mom went on and on about how everyone has changed since the last time I saw them and what everyone is doing now it made me think about all those old pictures I have during the holidays with my aunts, uncles and cousins.  It made me reflect on what a gift it is to be able to spend the holidays with your family.  A blessing for brothers, cousins, sisters and grandparents.  A blessing that is not lost on me and clearly not lost on them.  This family right here, this is why I became a photographer and why I can’t stop.

 

It’s not surprising that the pics to follow are some of my favorite.  To me, they encompass what a family gathering should be.  Full of fun, unscripted moments that only come from an authentic kind of family love.  “Catch the moments of your life. Catch them while you’re young and quick, because sooner than you know you’ll be old and slow. And there will be no more of them to catch.”

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cousins being silly.
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needs no caption.
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At some point they played Hallelujah but then they giggled at an old inside joke they had.

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That last quote is from that show that makes me cry every week and lights a fire in my belly to help people get good photographs of themselves.  That one show…  This is Us

New year, New Walls – Southeast Michigan Photographer

‘Your photos are the keepers of your people, experiences and countless untold stories – it’s only right to give them the front-and-center stage they deserve.’  Creating a gallery wall is the best way to let your personal images command the attention they deserve.  Not to mention that it can fit any budget and make a great statement in any room.  You can transform a boring & lifeless wall quickly with a little planning and creativity but I know it can feel like a daunting task so here’s a few tips to get your juices flowing.

  • Start with a focal point :: The center of the display should be at eye level.
  • Go big :: Pick an image that you love and display it in a large size.
  • Play around :: Make templates of your frames by cutting out their shape/size on color paper.  Tape those cutouts on your wall and switch up what you don’t like.  It’s an easy way to see how your configuration will look before you start nailing your walls.
  • Mix it up ::  Choose a mix of pictures, art & decor like a clock or a mirror.  If you need some art that no one will have, check out some of my pieces here :: View & purchase unique pieces  or copy and past this link https://genevievedevries.shootproof.com/gallery/5963831
  • Keep it attractive :: Print a few extra pictures and put them all in the same frame then switch the pictures you are displaying in that frame throughout the year.  Doing it ahead of time will make it easier for you to switch it up on a whim and it will keep your walls exciting.

Below are a few examples of gallery wall configurations but there is plenty out there in the world of blogs and pinterest.  Just google ‘gallery wall how to‘ and be inspired.  Happy designing!!!

 

For a teens room, make it fun!!

 

Great above a couch, bed, table or crib.

 

 

My Cousins – {Birmingham Family Photographer}

Is there any friendship better than cousins???  I have such a genuine love for mine, I remember feeling like we were a “crew”.  I remember traveling long distances to go see them, hopping on buses and trains and being so excited to go see them.  We are worlds apart now but I always remember them with the same kind of love I had for them then.  I recently got to take a few photographs of this family in Birmingham, Michigan.   As I stepped back to place them perfectly in this frame they giggled and talked it reminded me of how amazing a cousins place in a family is.  Just look at how lovely they are..

Family photography session in Birmingham Michigan with professional photographer Genevieve DeVries

Just hanging out with this fun group brought me back to those days and how careless they were.  If you are lucky enough to have a close relationship with your cousin, the kind of fun and honest relationship that you see in the picture below then cherish it….

Family photography session in Birmingham Michigan with professional photographer Genevieve DeVries

And please, please, please take a few moments to get some pictures of them for they will live on for many many years and one day they WILL look at the and remember how amazing their relationship was.

Family photography session in Birmingham Michigan with professional photographer Genevieve DeVries

 

There is no grater love than the one of a close knit family.

Family photography session in Birmingham Michigan with professional photographer Genevieve DeVries

 

 

 

{ Elizabeth | 2018 } – Metro Detroit Senior Photographer

I photograph these teenage senior girls more often these days and I am impressed every single time. Impressed because they are so strong, encouraged because they are so smart and humbled because I know that one by one they are taking like by the horns.  I look at them through my lens and wonder if they actually know how beautiful they are because girls are so hard on themselves and each other.  I met Elizabeth during our SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHY session in ROYAL OAK and within 10 minutes I was so proud of her because she is so smart and has such big dreams.   You can just tell that she has a clear path in life, a strong head to guide her and big heart to ground her.

 

I remembered a speech I heard on TV once and I though I thought it would be appropriate

“So you see, if you listen to all the people who make these rules, you might just conclude that the safest course of action is just to take your diploma and crawl under your bed. But let me propose an alternative. Hold on to your dreams. Take up the challenge of forging an identity that transcends yourself. Transcend yourself and you will find yourself … There is no dress rehearsal for life, and you will have to ad lib your way through each scene. The only way to prepare is to do what you have done: Get the best possible education; continue to learn from literature, scripture, and history, to understand the human experience as best you can so that you have guideposts charting the terrain toward whatever decisions are right for you.”

The future is female Elizabeth , Get it girl!!!

{ Amazing Amanda } – Metro Detroit Photographer

A wise woman recently posted this and it’s currently sitting on my heart so I will share with you in hopes that it will remind you of how blessed we are to have our days here on earth.  Here goes:::::

Remember this as you go through life,  “Beginnings are scary.  Endings are sad.  It’s the middle that counts”

 

I have a friend that is making her days count in a way that puts us all to shame and I am lucky enough to photographs just a few minutes of that middle part.  Ladies and gentleman, This is amazing Amanda and her sweet little, strong and beautiful crew.

{ Me + my girls } – Plymouth Photographer

I heart these little people.  I don’t know what it is but my face lights up every time I see them.  They go to school with my boys and it’s been so fun to see them grow. Mind blowing really.

 

They hired me to be their PHOTOGRAPHER this year.  I got to take pictures of them at a park in Plymouth and this is what happened.  I can’t get over how beautiful they are.  You too Ann 🙂 Oh and you too Phil.

Family photography session in Plymouth Michigan with professional photographer Genevieve DeVries

Family photography session in Plymouth Michigan with professional PHOTOGRAPHER Genevieve DeVries

Family photography session in Plymouth Michigan with professional photographer Genevieve DeVries

{ Our little Crew } – Maternity photographer metro Detroit

“Lucy” contacted me to be her family PHOTOGRAPHER because she’s pregnant with one other baby love at home and she wanted to capture this specific moment in their life.  Being a MATERNITY photographer is a whole other kind of experience that I LOVE.   You guys all know how much I love a good flower crown so when she told me she was thinking about it, I was instantly excited.  When I look at these 3 I immediately think… This is what happens when a flower child and a bad ass guy get together.. A beautiful little family is born… Enjoy


{ Henry 2018 } – Senior Photographer

I knew right away that I was going to love everything about this guy from the minute his cool mom asked me to do his senior photography session.  I knew he was a musician so I asked him who his biggest influences are and THIS is what he gave me:

Jack White, Pink Floyd, Django Reinhardt, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles.  I was proud of him and I didn’t even know him!! I mean, what 17 year old has such a deep ear for for great music.  Well done Henry, well done!  When he showed up, he showed me the guitar and amp he made and then of course played it for me but not before it was turned just to his liking.

Senior Picture session with photographer Genevieve DeVries taken Eastern Market in Detroit

 

Henry is just so cool but he also has a very magical smile & vibe about him that makes you like him right off the bat.  I mean honestly, don’t you just want to stand in front of him in this picture and talk to him?

Senior Picture session with photographer Genevieve DeVries taken Eastern Market in Detroit

 

So that brings me to the picture.  He’s so fun too, he trusted me while I took him into this weird spot and then this happened.

Senior Picture session with photographer Genevieve DeVries taken Eastern Market in Detroit

 

One thing I know for sure, he is way before his time and one day those dreamy eyes of his and that artistic passion of his is going to take him wherever he wants to go.

Senior Picture session with photographer Genevieve DeVries taken Eastern Market in Detroit

 

Congratulations Henry ,  go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you’ve always imagined.

Senior Picture session with photographer Genevieve DeVries taken Eastern Market in Detroit

{ Fall Cake Smash } – Photographer

Within 5 minutes of of meeting this family I wanted to be their friend.  There’s so much that won me over right away, like the story she told me about how she proposed to him right at this very spot.

Fall Family Photography Session at Franklin Cider Mill in Michigan
Fall Photography session at Franklin cider Mill in Michigan. Take by best Detroit Photographer, Genevieve DeVries of Genevieve DeVries Photography

Now, you know how much I appreciate a female who knows what she wants and goes for it but a fun photography session during the fall season to celebrate a babies first birthday is my jam.

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Fall Photography session at Franklin cider Mill in Michigan. Take by best Detroit Photographer, Genevieve DeVries of Genevieve DeVries Photography

 

This was at Franklin Cider Mill , we were surrounded by pumpkins and apples.  The sweet smell of cinnamon doughnuts and cider.

Fall Family Photography Session at Franklin Cider Mill in Michigan
Fall Photography session at Franklin cider Mill in Michigan. Take by best Detroit Photographer, Genevieve DeVries of Genevieve DeVries Photograph

So when you don’t have a cake to smash, you go offer some doughnuts , sit back, watch and photograph the best that you can.

Fall Family Photography Session at Franklin Cider Mill in Michigan
Fall Photography session at Franklin cider Mill in Michigan. Take by best Detroit Photographer, Genevieve DeVries of Genevieve DeVries Photography

 

She did a fine job that Penelope, handled it like a pro.  And me, I realized I will be offering doughnut smash sessions instead of cake smash sessions in my near future… The possibilities are endless.  I’ll leave you with this last picture. It’s my favorite Fall child Photograph so far.

Fall Photography session at Franklin cider Mill in Michigan. Taken by best Detroit Photographer, Genevieve DeVries of Genevieve DeVries Photography

{Birthday Present for her } – Family Photographer

Her boys got her a photography session for her birthday because they knew that her family was the thing she was most proud of and how can you blame her, look how beautiful they are.

 

I quickly realized how fun they were. Easy going and oh so well dressed.

 

But shortly thereafter this happened and I thought to myself, when your husband can make you laugh like this,  you my friends are winning at life.

 

I mean seriously , these boys.

 

At some some point mom said to to herself, out loud, this is the BEST birthday present a mom could get. I thought to myself, no pressure G and then this happened.

This may have been the best birthday present but her family knew her well enough to know that she would love it so much that at one point when she was there amongst her best work, her family, it would tug at her heart string in a way that it would make her cry.  Happy birthday mom, partner, friend, grandma, you did pretty good.

 

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